Senator Laura Kelly receives Friend of Education Award

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - In the midst of tension in the Capitol over school funding, the Kansas National Education Association recognized state Senator and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly for her commitment and work she devotes to Kansas public schools.

"Senator Kelly has been a steadfast supporter and friend of Kansas public schools, Kansas teachers, and Kansas students," Mark Farr said, KNEA President.

Senator Kelly was awarded the 2018 Friend of Education Award in a ceremony at the Manor Conference Center in Topeka this past Monday, April 9. The ceremony followed a dramatic and late-night fight from the previous night to pass a school funding bill. Kelly thanked the hundreds of teachers who went to the statehouse to show their support.

"While the election of 2016 brought a wave of new faces to the Legislature, we still have leadership that does not support our public schools," Kelly said. "And for us to make real progress, that must change. We must elect a governor who has a vision for strong schools."

During the ceremony, Kelly emphasized her lifelong mission to support public education and the impact great schools have on families, communities and the state economy. She also drew from her personal experience of sending her children to Kansas public schools, and the positives influences Kansas teachers have made in their lives.

"By working together, we can make our schools a top priority again," Kelly said. "When we invest in our public school, we will make a significant impact on the opportunities our children have available to them — and a significant impact on the future of Kansas."

One of Kelly's platforms as a Gubernatorial candidate is to focus on fully funding K-12 schools.